Aaron Klug (1926), UK

Aaron Klug was awarded the Dr H.P. Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics 1979

Klug received the prize for his pioneering research in the field of structure determination of large macromolecular complexes. His accomplishments include the elucidation of structure and assembly of viruses, transfer-RNA, chromatin and microtubules. Klug also developed the fourier-microscopy and three dimensional image reconstruction.



Aaron Klug was born in 1926 in Zelvas, Lithuania. He studied at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, the University of Cape Town and the University of Cambridge. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1952. Klug teached and worked at Cambridge University for over twenty years.
In 1982 he won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.